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About Stephen

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Stephen and his wife Linda live in Kirkham and for 13 years Stephen managed the Face To Face Homelessness Charity merging it into Fylde Coast YMCA some ten years ago.  As Housing Director at the YMCA, Stephen was responsible for developing various community projects including The Credit Union and Fylde Counselling Service. 
Reflecting on his former appointments in East London and Newcastle-on-Tyne of working as Methodist Minister, Hospital Chaplain and part time tutor with the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield, Stephen is clearly committed to encouraging individuals and communities to be honest about their hopes and needs and finding how faith in God can help them be met in Body, Mind and Spirit.

Stephen is our Minister but is already known to us and well known on the Fylde Coast having lived and worked in Fylde for 18 years and prior to that he was a Minister in Blackpool.

Stephen's Message

“Have you had a good time?” we ask each other and respond with details about who we shared Christmas and New Year with, the food eaten ….. but was it a good one? How do you make that judgement?

“Happy New Year!” a greeting of hope and expectation for some but the grumpy among us may ask “What’s good about it?”

Recently I heard someone say “If you can’t measure it then you can’t improve it!” As I write this I am still mulling over the results of I’m A Celebrity, Strictly, The Apprentice and Master Chef - shame Ollie didn’t win - the journey that each of those contestants went through, the emotional roller coaster, the world watching as they seek to win and got things right and wrong.

I watch, amazed at the poor performance of budding entrepreneurs, truly amazed how cooks achieve Michelin Star quality, those new to the ballroom dancing quickly progress to earn a ten from three of the four judges. Craig may be grumpy and critical, but he gives an honest opinion about how things can be improved. While the audience boos, the dancers listen with intent and train even harder to achieve four tens.

“If you can’t measure it then you can’t improve it!” We may not be in training for a competition or responsible for the uncertainty that is Brexit or reducing the carbon footprint or use of plastics, yet we all want 2019 to be better than 2018 so what milestones will you put down to measure your journey of improvement?

In the church we make time for prayer and a friendship with Jesus because it makes a difference to what we think, feel and do. We believe as Jesus said when he turned water into wine “The best is yet to come!”